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The Seven Elements of Art

Lines and What they Express

Las Lineas y lo que expresan

Element #1

Element of Art: Line/Lineas

Definition: A line is an identifiable path created by a point moving through space. Vertical, Horizontal, Diagonal, Zigzag, Curved/Curva



 Where do you see Line/Lineas in this work of art?


Solid thick and curving lines enclose centers of circles and outer edges like tires. The lines show circles overlapping and stacking. Thin lines repeat in close, straight mechanical stripes, filling in the space between inner circles and outer circles. Lines twist and swirl in spirals, creating oceanic clusters.

Artwork title: Gang i tusserne

Artist: D´jo hanne:

Country: Unknown

Date: 2013

Resource: Pintrest, hanneogluka.blogspot.dk





Vertical: tall and steady/  altura Y establidad  l l l l l l

Horizontal: calm/ calma o paz/calm  ______  _____

Diagonal: not steady/inestabiliedad /////

en zigzag/excitement    ZZZZZZZ

Curved/Curva movement/movimiento () () ()


Element #2

Element of Art: Color/Colores


Definition: Reflected light, organized on a color wheel with 3 primary/primarios: red/rojo, yellow/amarillo, and blue/y azul. 3 secondary/secundarios:orange/anaranjado, green/verde, and violet/ y violeta


Tint/matiz =  a color + white; un color + blanca

Shade/sombras  = a color + black;  un color + negro

Color Contrast/Contraste de colores 

warm/calidas   cool/frescos



Where do you see this element  in this work of art?




Colors representing the primary red, yellow, and blue, together with secondary colors and intermediate colors splash across the space. Red and yellow define the outside of a white triangle.

Artwork title: Improvisation 31 (Sea Battle)

Artist: Wassily Kandinsky

oil on canvas

Country: Russia

Date: 1913

National   Gallery of Art


Element #3

Element of Art:Shape/Figuras


Definition: Shapes define objects in space. Shapes are flat

and two dimensional,

and may be measured by height and width. They may be geometric/geometricas complejas or organic/abstracta.

O circle/circulo  square/cuadrado  triangel/triangulo  rectangle/rectangulo  diamond/diamante  octogon/octogono  star/estrella


Where do you see this element of art  in this work

of art?



In this amazing piece, Romare makes the picture

look digitalized with repeating

geometric squares;cubist style. But the organic tree,

and human form create

contrasting softer shapes and I think gives it a dreamy far away feel.


Artwork title: Tomorrow I May Be Far Away

Artist: Bearden, Romare

Country: American,

Date: 1967


National Gallery of Art




Element #4

Element of Art: Form


Definition: Form defines three dimensional objects in space which can be

measured by height, width, and depth. Forms may be geometrical or organic.


Where do you see this element of art or principle of design in this work of art?



This art piece is a form made to be a chalice. It be can measured for its height,

width, and depth. It can be seen and touched from all sides. It can hold wine

for a holy communion.



Artwork title: Chalice of the Abbot Suger of Saint-Denis

Artist: Unknown

Country: Italy

Date: 2nd/1st century B.C (cup); 1137-1140 (mounting)

Resource: National Gallery of Art




Element #5

Element of Art: Space


Definition: Space refers to the area a form occupies. In two dimensional work

it refers to the area within the artwork. Space can be positive or negative.



 Where do you see this element of art  in this work of art?



The dancer is the positive space and the area around her

and between her legs and arms is the negative.


Artwork title: Little Dancer, Aged 14

Artist: Edgar Degas

Country: France

Date: 1878-1881


National Gallery of Art




Element #6

Element of art: Value



Value describes the lightness or darkness of a color. Value in contrast is

lightness or darkness standing out from the value that surrounds it

Where do you see this element of art in this work of art?


The lighted character in the boat stands out from the darker color values

surrounding it. The green plants show value, some of the greens are brighter

and some are darker. By mixing white into a color the artist can achieve a tint,

by mixing black or a darker color into a color, the artist can achieve shade.

Artwork title: The Voyage of Life: Childhood

oil on canvas

Artist: Cole, Thomas

Country: American,

Date: 1842


National Gallery of Art



Element Seven

Element of Art : Texture


Definition: Texture is the quality of surface that we can touch or visual

texture that we see. Rough texture has an uneven balance of highlights

and shadows.


Where do you see this element of art  in this work of art?



The artist created realistic fur on the dog. It looks like it would be soft to touch.

The dog’s fur has highlights and shadows suggest\ a shaggy and uneven

surface of fur.


Artwork title: White Poodle in a Punt

Artist: Stubbs, George (painter)

oil on canvas

Country: British,

Date: c. 1780

Resource: National Gallery of Art Classroom



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